Gun fights south of Tripoli between rebel militias and forces still loyal to the late Libyan despot Moammar Gadhafi left several dead and dozens wounded over the weekend, according to news reports. And it is not over yet.
Sunday’s outbreak of violence, however, was only the latest incident in what has become a deadly wave of turmoil across Libya. Rival militias struggling for power continue to wreak havoc — months after the death of Gadhafi — despite Western leaders such as President Obama having declared the international regime-change operation a success several months ago.
The new Libyan regime — composed primarily of top-level Gadhafi functionaries, “former” terror leaders, and assorted radical Islamists — has been trying in vain to disarm the various warring parties. Particular emphasis has been placed on subduing forces still loyal to the slain dictator.
So far, however, the disarmament campaign has met with little success, as roaming bands of heavily armed militants refuse to recognize the new rulers. Gadhafi is also reported to have distributed vast stockpiles of money and arms among his supporters before he was killed by NATO warplanes and insurgents on the ground.
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